Catch it while you can but most pay rises will likely be small and hard won

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as though pay rises are finally back on the agenda. With most workers having seen a substantial drop in liv(...)

The survey shows that SMEs are keen to access funding from the new State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)

SMEs are finding it easier to access credit but many face long delays in getting loan approvals, according to a new study.The latest Isme quarterly ba(...)

Small Firms Association director Patricia Callan says “small firms have now moved from survival mode, to focusing on how they can grow their market share”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two-thirds of small firms are optimistic of growing this year, with just 6 per cent reporting continuing retrenchment in their business, according t(...)

Enda Kenny describes online retail giant Amazon as ‘the embodiment of the business of tomorrow’. Photograph: Eric Luke

’Tis the season of shopping and one retailer, hailed as “the embodiment of the business of tomorrow” is cleaning up once again, with a little help (...)

Mark Fielding of Isme called for the Government to amend the legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland’s prompt-payment legislation has failed according to Isme, and stronger legislation needs to be introduced. The Isme Credit Watch Survey has f(...)

 Peter Faulkner at an  ISME  press briefing in 1998.  PHOTOGRAPH: FRANK MILLER

The demise of Faulkner Export Packaging, which has been run by five generations of the same family since its foundation 150 years ago, is a salient re(...)

John Moran, outgoing secretary general of the Department of Finance. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish companies should be born and killed at a greater frequency if Ireland is to become a truly entrepreneurial culture, the outgoing secretary ge(...)

A minimum of €500 million will be made available in the first year but Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said this could rise to €4 billion over five years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The grandly-titled Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) was unveiled by the Government on Thursday to much fanfare. The idea is that this n(...)

The Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton said the microenterprise fund would provide “up to €90 million in lending to 5,500 businesses which otherwise would not get credit”.

The establishment of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is the latest measure in an expanding suite aimed at providing credit to small and m(...)

Banks will still need to seek approval from the Central Bank for increases in fees and charges following the  review

The Department of Finance has decided against repealing a section of the Consumer Credit Act 1995, which requires financial institutions to see(...)